Dec 23, 2012 11:00pm EST
netscape, amazon, and google. when he listened to k.r., the idea seemed just as transformative. efficient, inexpensive, clean energy out of a box. but google... >> mm. >> 25 million. >> mm-hmm. >> this man said how much money? >> at the time, he said over $100 million. >> didn't smoke start coming out of your ears and--no? >> no. >> that was okay? >> that was okay. >> so nothing he said scared you? >> oh, i wasn't at all sure it could be done. >> but there was a selling point. clean energy was an emerging market worth gazillions. >> i like to say that the new energy technologies could be the largest economic opportunity of the 21st century. >> was this your very first-- >> clean energy investment? >> yeah. >> this was the very first. >> many followed, and the clean tech revolution in silicon valley was off and running with start-ups that produced thin, flexible solar panels, harnessed wind with giant balloons, or develop new fuels from algae. but bloom is among the most expensive. i heard, actually, so far, not just from kleiner perkins but total, $400 million. >> you're in the ballpark.
Dec 26, 2012 9:00am EST
, creating an ad network to take on google and look for new revenue in search and apps. >> building on gifts, facebook will create new ecommerce options and focus on selling more digital content. expanding beyond the partnership with apple's itunes, adding more music, tv shows and movies. look for twitter to file for an ipo by the end of the year. in the meantime, they'll grow revenue through new ad products and tools for marketers. plus, it will try to add users by creating an easy news feed for those only interested in following and not tweeting. and as twitter competes with facebook for advertising, expect more twitter/facebook spats. 2013 will be the year of social ecommerce. even the most traditional retailers will add likes, pins and tweets into websites. and pinterest will embrace online sales. while deal a today sites like group-on and living social will diversify into a range of social mobile shopping options. but there are likely to save themselves, more likely to be acquired. >> of course, we're watching -- what? >> i was going to say, we'll see where social goes. talking about go